The Netherlands Association for Computer Lawyers (VIRA) was established on 24 February 1995 by a group of lawyers to further the expertise of lawyers pursuing their profession in the field of computer law. VIRA is a specialist association recognised by the Netherlands Bar Association.
VIRA furthers the expertise of lawyers pursuing their profession in the field of computer law by imposing requirements on the education, and continuing education, of its full and applicant members and on the degree to which these members are actually involved with ICT issues on a practical level.
Together with the Grotius Academie, VIRA organises the post-degree specialist programme in Computer Law and the annual follow-up day for this programme. Legal professionals who are unable to or who do not wish to join VIRA may also take this programme and attend the follow-up days.
In addition, two meetings are organised annually for VIRA members (full and applicant) at which the legal and the practical aspects of current developments dominate alternately. VIRA also invites representatives of disciplines other than members of the Bar to these meetings. Contacts with representatives of other disciplines are indispensable to the provision of a professional service and for creating legal solutions to ICT issues which are also of value to the client outside the strictly legal environment.